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‘Microsoft Band’ Fitness Wearable Launches for $199 – NBCNews.com


Businessweek

'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable Launches for $199
NBCNews.com
Microsoft launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regimen, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor …
Microsoft Band, a Windows Phone fitness tracker, works with Android, iPhone tooCNET
Microsoft Tackles Health with $199 Fitness BandTom’s Guide
Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health: The $199 all-platform fitness bandArs Technica
VentureBeat -GameSpot -USA TODAY
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:30 pm

Close-Up Footage of NASA Antares Rocket Explosion – People Magazine


People Magazine

Close-Up Footage of NASA Antares Rocket Explosion
People Magazine
Tuesday's big news in space exploration was that the NASA Antares rocket, an unmanned spacecraft due to bring supplies to the International Space Station, exploded shortly after its takeoff from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. "There has been a …
Patrick Rowan's Skywatch: Antares rocket explosion has repercussionsThe Republican – masslive.com
Spacecraft Antares explodes after Six Seconds of its LaunchPerfScience
After rocket explosion, no air, water pollutants detectedComputerworld
Washington Business Journal -Register -Gizmodo
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:23 pm

Nintendo—yes, THAT Nintendo—is building a bedside sleep sensor to monitor … – PCWorld


PCWorld

Nintendo—yes, THAT Nintendo—is building a bedside sleep sensor to monitor
PCWorld
Tim Hornyak reports on IT, telecommunications, science, and technology in Japan for the IDG News Service. More by Tim Hornyak. Nintendo has been stimulating people with video games for decades, but now it wants to help them sleep better. The Japanese …
Nintendo to develop 'quality of life' device to track sleep, fatigue: CEOReuters
Nintendo to make 'quality of life' deviceIndependent Online
Nintendo CEO says recovered enough from surgery to resume workAsiaOne

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:20 pm

Scientists make strides in understanding space weather. Why is it important to us? – Tech Times


Tech Times

Scientists make strides in understanding space weather. Why is it important to us?
Tech Times
The sun releases millions of tons of plasma gas into space, which are called solar winds. The solar winds can then react to the Earth's magnetic field, creating intense geomagnetic storms. (Photo : NASA Goddard Space Flight Center). Researchers from all …
Scientists Conduct Several Experiments to Understand Mystery behind Space PerfScience
Scientists Unravel the Mysteries behind Space WeatherMaine News
The Mystery of Space Weather Physics SolvedWallStreet OTC
Daily Digest -Maine News Online -Pioneer News
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:56 pm

Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, Says He Is ‘Proud to Be Gay’ – New York Times


New York Times

Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Executive, Says He Is 'Proud to Be Gay'
New York Times
Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, on Monday in Laguna Beach, Calif. Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story Share This Page. Continue reading the main …
Apple CEO Tim Cook declares that he's proud to be gayLos Angeles Times
Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek EssayHuffington Post
Tim Cook's Coming Out Gives The LGBT Community Confidence And SupportForbes
VentureBeat -Christian Science Monitor
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:52 pm

Lenovo completes $2.91bn acquisition of Google’s Motorola Mobility unit – ZDNet


ZDNet

Lenovo completes $2.91bn acquisition of Google's Motorola Mobility unit
ZDNet
credbusinesswireLenovo_image_Executives Credit: Business Wire. Lenovo has completed its acquisition of Google's Motorola Mobility unit, originally inked for $2.91 billion. Announced on Thursday, the PC maker said the deal is now complete, and adding …
It's official: Motorola Mobility now belongs to LenovoCNET
Lenovo completes Motorola takeover after Google saleBBC News
Lenovo wraps up purchase of Motorola phone unitSFGate
Inquirer -Wall Street Journal
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:29 pm

Hawaii lava flow is slow, gentle yet unrelenting as it edges close to town’s road … – Fox News


Fox News

Hawaii lava flow is slow, gentle yet unrelenting as it edges close to town's road
Fox News
This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it …
Hawaii's slow-motion disaster: How does a community prepare for lava? (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Lava won't chase out some peopleWTVQ
Kilauea volcano lava flow invades homes in Pahoa town in Hawaii: Residents Tech Times
Honolulu Star-Advertiser -CBS News
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:17 pm

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of … – Wired


Wired

Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of
Wired
Even a piece of metal can get a second chance. In 1991, a group of researchers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific. Earhart's plane, a Model 10 Electra, mysteriously …
What happened to Amelia Earheart's plane? Fresh 'clue' found to 77-year-old Zee News
Amelia Earhart mystery: Metal found on Pacific island from aviator's plane, group CBC.ca
The metal fragment that could solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearanceWashington Post
Business Standard -The Independent
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:07 am

MCX consortium addresses reports that CurrentC mobile payment system was … – Uncover California


ABC News

MCX consortium addresses reports that CurrentC mobile payment system was
Uncover California
On Wednesday, the consortium of retail majors – the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) – behind the CurrentC mobile payment system responded to reports that the system was hacked. Presently undergoing a private test, the CurrentC mobile payment …
Apple Pay Runs Afoul of MCX, a Group With a Rival ProductNewsOK.com

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:35 am

Newly found frog species in Staten Island gets new name – Delhi Daily News


Delhi Daily News

Newly found frog species in Staten Island gets new name
Delhi Daily News
Staten Island: Brooklyn-based ecologist Jeremy Feinberg has discovered a new species of frog in New York City. The newly discovered frog is known as the Atlantic Coast leopard frog and more formally as Rana kauffeldi. This is the second species of newly …

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:02 am

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China’s $8 billion e-commerce spree nears

Employee walks pass a logo of Alibaba during a media tour organised by government officials at its headquarters on the outskirts of HangzhouBEIJING (Reuters) – A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival JD.com flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's Tmall.com marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:08 pm

Time Warner Cable loses more video customers in latest quarter

Time Warner Cable office is pictured in San DiegoTime Warner Cable lost a net 184,000 household video customers in the three months ended Sept. 30, far more than the 136,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. The company, which is being acquired by market leader Comcast Corp for $45.3 billion, lost a net 152,000 customers in the April-June quarter. Comcast reported higher quarterly revenue and income last week as more people signed up for high-speed internet and fewer customers dropped their cable subscriptions. As of Sept. 30, Time Warner Cable had 10.8 million household video subscribers, down from 11.4 million a year earlier.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:00 pm

Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide

Customers attend a workshop about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in JakartaBy Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 4:27 am

Apple’s Tim Cook says ‘proud to be gay’

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna BeachBy Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) – Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in the article. "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others," he said. Cook is at least the third CEO of a publicly listed U.S. company to come out of the closet. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:29 pm

In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc’s new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers. Apple’s inclusion of near-field-communications, or NFC, in its latest smartphones and its Apple Pay system unveiled last month has given a long-awaited seal of approval to the technology. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:04 pm

Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Service, introduces Apple Pay during an Apple event at the Flint Center in CupertinoBy Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) – Suddenly it's Apple versus Wal-Mart in the fight for shoppers' digital wallets. With the development of a new mobile payment system, a group of retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores is aiming to upend the $4.5 trillion credit card market and control the precious transaction data generated at the checkout line. The difficulty of the task became clear this week when drugstore chains CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid , in a move apparently aimed at shoring up the retailers' pay system, stopped accepting payments on Apple Inc's iPhones. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:24 am

The MPAA and theater owners have officially banned Google Glass

The MPAA and theater owners have officially banned Google GlassIf there was any doubt on how theaters felt about patrons using Google Glass, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have quashed it: an update to their joint anti-theft policy has just been "made to fully integrate wearable tech into the rules." If it can record, the new guidelines say, shut it off and put it away.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:21 pm

Instagram launches video ads today

Instagram launches video ads todayYour Instagram feed is going to start having a new type of ad in it: videos. Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed the same way that sponsored image posts have for almost a year now, according to Adweek. Instagram has reportedly been testing the videos for several months, so it's possible that you've already seen one, but video ads are widely launching today, beginning with spots from Disney, Banana Republic, Activision, Lancome, and the CW network.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:18 pm

Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it’s like to work for Tim Cook

Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it’s like to work for Tim CookDespite the fact that all of its products now leak long before they are formally announced, Apple remains one of the most secretive technology companies in the world. Of course, it makes sense that the most valuable company in the United States would want to protect its secret sauce, so one can’t exactly blame Apple for closing itself off to the public, for the most part. Then again, when a company is as secretive as Apple, it makes the private bits and pieces that do manage to trickle out far more tantalizing — and some juicy bits and pieces were shared recently when several anonymous Apple employees shared some details surrounding what it’s like to work for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:15 pm

Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google

A logo of Chinese computer giant Lenovo is displayed in Hong Kong on February 13, 2014Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market. The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star. By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:07 pm